3253. Dean Lane skate park (356)

Immediately after lockdown, Laic217 was on fire. I am guessing that he was not working and so was able to paint the streets without restraint. In recent weeks he has slowed down considerably, so it was great to see this quick one on one of the ramps in the skate park.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2020
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2020

This stop-start nature of activity from street artists is common and probably reflects the employment model they adopt. Self-employed artists seem to have a bit more flexibility around when they can paint where as those with 9-5 jobs probably find it all a little more challenging. Of course coronavirus and Furlough have played havoc with these regimes.

The piece itself is straightforward, a skull with a woolly hat bearing the letters PAD, a crew name. Even in these quick pieces, Laic217 still manages to achieve a high standard of artwork. I hope he gets some leave soon, I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

3252. Brunel Way bridge (65)

There is no stopping Nevergiveup, AKA Followmyrabbits, AKA Eldey (is that LD?), and that is a very, very good thing. I think that the tireless painting of rabbits all over the city over the last two to three years has added to Bristol’s character and amplified it’s rich street art culture, making it more accessible to more people. Some people (other than people like me) actually collect rabbits.

Nevergiveup, Brunel Way, Bristool, October 2020
Nevergiveup, Brunel Way, Bristool, October 2020

It is always fun to find another rabbit, although there are so many it can be difficult sometimes to remember if you have seen it before. I am pretty certain that I haven’t posted this one before, and I can tell it is a recent one, because he hasn’t been writing Eldey on his rabbits for all that long. As always perfectly executed, and potential for a Thursday doors post too..

3251. Brunel Way bridge (64)

As I see it, Slim Pickings (TES) creates his pieces in two forms; a high-end version of his letters with immaculate fills and clean lines and considered colour schemes and his throw-up versions that are a little bit more ‘street’ if you get my meaning. This one falls ever so slightly more into the second category.

Slim Pickings, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Slim Pickings, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

I have to say that I am not too keen on the salmon pink colour and I think the ‘stitch’ lines on the edge of the letters make the piece a little untidy in my opinion. I ought to add that I might be overthinking this and being slightly picky. I always welcome Slim Pickings’ letters in whatever shape or form they come in.

3250. Turbo Island

Well I’m not sure how I missed this one first time round, but I just had a little potter around in my archives and once I found it I couldn’t really ignore it. It is a tidy collaboration from Mr Klue and DNT, who quite often get together to paint, from those heady days before coronavirus was a thing in the UK… remember that?

Mr Klue and DNT, Turbo Island, Bristol, February 2020
Mr Klue and DNT, Turbo Island, Bristol, February 2020

I can’t decide whether the shopping trolley is really annoying or actually adds a little bit of character to the photograph. No matter, it is there. The very ‘DNT’ monster embedded within the Mr Klue writing is a window into the artist’s mind and like so many of his characters is part organic, part mechanical. It looks likes the puffs of yellow smoke are puffing out of one of the legs of the character. A nice collaboration.

3249. St Werburghs tunnel (199)

I can totally see that Morny’s murals might not be to everyone’s taste, they are just not as polished as some of the stuff you see in Bristol, but I absolutely love them. While the characters may have a soft edge, the messages don’t, and Morny is not one for holding back.

Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Morny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020

We have a great many global crises to contend with at the moment, but the dominance of the coronavirus pandemic may have masked other environmental and political issues such as climate change and migration. The Tories are not known for their compassionate approach to migration, preferring an Australian style hard line. This piece from Morny is calling them out.

I think that this might be the best piece I have seen from Morny, it has a lot of emotion and is a very powerful image. You don’t have to have sharp lines and solid fills with patterns to create a great piece. I love this.

3248. M32 roundabout J3 (257)

Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen… Well there you have today’s ear worm, sorry. This is a rather nice little piece from Veks, that is modestly tucked away near a tree on the M32 roundabout wall.

Veks, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2020
Veks, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2020

It is quite an unusual piece With large chrome letters and bang in the middle an old school character looking very much like Robin Hood to me, but I am probably wide of the mark on that one. Still, as with all art, there is what the artist paints and there is what the viewer sees and these may not be the same thing at all. I rather like this understated offering.

3247. Brunel Way bridge (63)

There are two graffiti writers that I am really enjoying seeing at the moment and they are Phour and Pl8o, both emerging as great writing talents to add to the long list in the city. This is a recent piece by Pl80 on the long wall facing the river.

Pl8o, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2020
Pl8o, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2020

Pink is a colour that seems to be coming back into fashion and as with other pink pieces about the place it works very nicely indeed with blue. The 3D shadow is nicely done and the red details and yellow stars work very nicely in this piece. Probably Pl8o’s greatest asset though is the shape of the letter/number combination he uses it is very pleasing to the eye and full of lovely curves.